Problem: When performing a Bare Metal Restore of a system with Active Directory installed, the device might fail to boot and instead display a blue screen.
Cause: This issue is due to a permission issue with Active Directory. Specifically, the permissions are not set correctly for the C:\Windows\NTDS directory.
Solution: To resolve this issue, do the following:
- Click the F8 key when the machine is booting select the Advanced Boot Options option.
- Select Directory Services Restore Mode.
- Log in using the local Admin credentials.
- Add full permissions for the local SYSTEM account to the C:\Windows\NTDS directory.
- Reboot into normal mode.
The user should now be able to log in using Domain user credentials.